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Ex-US Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to Nassar charged

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Posted at 11:05 AM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 13:11:49-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar has been charged in Michigan.

Watch Attorney General Dana Nessel's announcement:

John Geddert was head coach of the 2012 U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team, which won a gold medal.

He faces 24 charges, including 14 counts of human trafficking of forced labor, Nessel said during her Thursday afternoon news conference.

They also include charges of sexual assault and running a criminal enterprise.

A message seeking comment was left with Geddert’s attorney.

Nassar, a doctor at Michigan State University, was also the team’s doctor.

Geddert has insisted he had “zero knowledge” of Nassar’s crimes, although some gymnasts said he forced them to see Nassar and was physically abusive.

Nassar has been sentenced to decades in prison for sexually assaulting gymnasts and possessing child pornography.